Agriculture Natural Resources (ANR) sub-committees within the Technical
Advisory Committee (TAC) of the 3 regions: URR, CRR and NBR came up with
multi-stakeholder forum called the “Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Forum”.
The idea of an SLM forum at regional level is to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation system on ANR, to provide an on-the-job training, and to improve the capacity of planning and coordinating the regional SLM work in order to react quickly and efficiently to weaknesses on SLM aspects.
The process is being support by the Action Against Desertification (AAD) Project with funding from European Commission (EC) through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
The AAD project is geared towards supporting the implementation of the Great Green Wall for Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) and South-South cooperation in the ACP countries.
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to poverty alleviation; ending hunger and improving resilience to climate change using the landscape approach.
The specific objective of the project is to improve the condition and productivity of the agro-sylvo-pastoral landscapes affected by Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD) in three regions of The Gambia (North Bank Region, North of Central River Region and Upper River Region).
In all the 3 regions of the project, Natural Resources Consulting (NACO) Gambia, a co-funding partner to the project, as well as an implementing partner facilitated the process.
Seventy-five participants were involved in the process; twenty-five participants per venue including the Regional Governors (URR and NBR) and Deputy Governor for CRR.
Apex Forestry and farmer-based organizations and district chiefs of Niani and Sami were as well involved in the process.
In their keynote addresses, the governors of URR and NBR alongside the deputy Governor of CRR, all commended FAO for addressing issues-related food insecurity and the sustainable management of natural resources, and assured all of the full cooperation and collaboration of their offices representing the President of the Republic in ensuring that the project objectives are attained and sustained.
Both meetings agreed on institutional involvement in the forum and their respective roles and responsibilities in SLM.